Dillon Lifrieri has always had a passion for the game of baseball. Spring, summer and fall, you would find him somewhere on the baseball diamond, either pitching, playing shortstop, or patrolling centerfield, his favorite spot. And when he’s not on the field, he’s in batting cage working on his swing. Over the past several years he has played about 100 games annually for various programs, showing the willingness to commit time to the game he loves.
Ahead of the 2011 fall season, Maria, Dillon’s mom, came up with an idea to keep him motivated and focused, and also reward him for his commitment. Dillon would earn “monopoly” money for his performance on the field, getting paid various amounts for hitting stats. The symbolic dough he earned would entitle him to different activities, such as going on a skiing vacation and attending baseball camps. Dillon would also have to keep up his grades or the deal was off.